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ERIC Number: ED536763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Module 1: Overview of Work-Family Issues in the United States. Work-Family Curriculum Guide
Kossek, Ellen Ernst; Leana, Carrie; MacDermid, Shelley; Pitt-Catsouphes, Marcie; Raskin, Patricia; Secret, Mary; Sweet, Stephen
Sloan Work and Family Research Network
There is a long tradition of academic interest in the worlds of work and family. However, there was scant attention paid to the linkages between these two worlds until the mid 1970s. In the United States, the 1977 publication of Kanter's monograph, "Work and family in the United States: A critical review and agenda for research and policy," sparked a surge in scholarship focused on the relationships between work and family issues. Academics in diverse fields and disciplines--from child & family studies to economics--began to research and write about the experiences of working families, employers' response to the work-family priorities of their employees, and public sector policies that affect the decisions both of working families as well as those made by employers. This module introduces students to the multi-disciplinary work-family field of study. The module's contents provide information related to: (1) The diversity of contemporary families; (2) Changing forms of work; (3) Concepts related to the work-family interface; (4) Work-family issues as important contemporary concerns; and (5) The implications of work and family experiences for the quality of life at home and at the workplace. The contents of the module are appropriate either for: (1) The first one or two sessions of a work-family course taught in social science departments; and (2) Specific sessions of a survey course, such as the sociology of family, which focuses on a range of topics, including an introduction to work-family issues. (Contains 4 online resources.) [This paper was prepared with the help of Judi C. Casey, Karen Corday, and Christina Matz. For Modules 2, 3 and 4 of this curriculum guide, see ED536753, ED536766, and ED536752, respectively.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sloan Work and Family Research Network
Identifiers - Location: United States